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HP Tarot - 9S Cruelty

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(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

The 9s constitute the last impulse on the four elements before they reach their final manifestation in the 10s. The 9s are ruled by the Moon and by the subconscious – drives and impulses that are rarely fully transparent to us and that may work for us or against us.

With Swords representing the rational, conscious mind, the influence of subconscious impulses does not result in harmony, but in bitter conflict. We repress, project, regress, we punish ourselves or others – in short we display all the typical defense mechanisms of a deeply wounded psyche. If we pull this card the message is difficult, but we cannot side-step or avoid our fear or shame and misery. The only way out is to walk through the heart of terror, to face our demons and to use our rational mind to recognize what is lurking in the shadows. Only then can we vanquish it and move on.

One of the most deeply unsettling situations in the books is Umbridge’s punishment of Harry by making him write with the cursed quill. It is so unsettling, because on some level Harry does truly feel he deserves it – not for the reason Umbridge gives him, but for failures he does feel responsible for, like the death of Cedric Diggory.

This kind of co-dependent sense of guilt locks teacher and student into a truly sick relationship where the punisher derives sadistic satisfaction from the pain of his victim, and the victim complies, because he feels it is the right thing that happens to him.

There are no actual physical swords in this card, but the nine lines Harry has written have cut into his skin like so many sharp knives…
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Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! That was one of the cards where the drawing isn't that elaborate, but a lot of thought went into it. I am glad the concept works for you.
VenetianCloud's avatar
I also like drawing feathers Hug 
Ellygator's avatar
Yeah, for this I used an ostrich feather I actually have, though mine is just a feather, no pen nib attached.
Kjelfalconer's avatar
I spotted the 9 even before I read the description ^^
...I play too much where's wally...
Ellygator's avatar
LOL! It was a fun challenge making the numbers without being too strained or obvious!
Zithreal's avatar
i love the little hidden things you sneak into the pictures, like the 9 lines its great, and i love this whole series its uber cool.
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you so much! It's always nice to find someone who takes a close look!
droxy's avatar
OUCH! But excellent subject matter.
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! It just had to be for that cards.
Ellygator's avatar
Yeah, it just had to be that scene...
emey's avatar
Beautiful again as always :clap: :thumbsup:
emey's avatar
:aww: Most welcome :)
Furrylittleproblem12's avatar
You keep impressing me :D

:+fav:
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much. I had fun with this one. I used to dread drawing hands, but they're growing on me...
Zethara's avatar
That has a wonderful perspective to it... =D Very cool
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you. It took a little planning to just get the hands and the paper in the picture and still accommodate the narrow rectangular shape of the card.
ElkStarRanchArtwork's avatar
I really like how this looks like someone is looking over his shoulder (whether it be Umbridge or us as the reader see the image). Nicely done, great detail on the quill and it fits so well with this card!
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! It was more the necessity of the composition, to fit both hands, the paper and the quill into the narrow shape of the card.
Vashtastic's avatar
too perfect for the subject, great job
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I am really glad I could fit that scene into the deck - so chilling...
dimitriskats's avatar
I like the angle! -- Puts you in there :)
The quill as *Allada said is :heart:
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